Sometimes things happen that make you ask yourself, “Was that racism just now? Was that a thing?”
Hip-hop radio host Jay Smooth teamed up with video blogger Kat Lazo to produce a series of videos for social justice organization Race Forward to answer these very difficult questions.
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The clips were directed by Kat Lazo, who makes videos tackling various social issues, and told BuzzFeed News about her tactics for making videos with a strong message.
"My objective is always to make the message accessible, and humor is a great way to package heavily complex and controversial issues like race and racism," she said. "It allows people to digest the messaging easier."
Jay Smooth told BuzzFeed News the two deliberately framed each video around the question "Is this a thing?"
"It's a question people will find themselves asking all the time, in this era where so much bias and inequity persists, but there is rarely a definitive 'smoking gun,'" he said. "And then for many who don't experience it firsthand there can be a willful obliviousness to the possibility that any racism is actually a thing in 2015."
He added, "There's levels to this!"